[ pah-stuh; especially British pas-tuh ]
/ ˈpɑ stə; especially British ˈpæs tə /


any of various flour-and-egg food preparations of Italian origin, made of thin, unleavened dough and produced in a variety of forms, usually served with a sauce and sometimes stuffed.

Origin of pasta

1870–75; < Italian < Late Latin. See paste Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pasta

/ (ˈpæstə) /


any of several variously shaped edible preparations made from a flour and water dough, such as spaghetti

Word Origin for pasta

Italian, from Late Latin: paste 1
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